Ancient West African Iron Snake

$ 1,200.00

#152069
Fon Benin, W. Africa double snake coil. Hand-forged iron with undulating, folded-in-on-itself construction. Two snakes twisting alongside each other, with horned serpent head. The Fon believe an ancestor, in the form of a snake, led them to their present home. This is an old shrine piece, likely used in cult ceremonies . Heavy encrustation consistent with great age.


Weight: 1.36 kg / 3 lbs.
Height: 23 cm / 9 in
Diameter: 19 cm / 7.5 in


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